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A season opener to die for

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again.

“Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson, who is making her PTC directorial debut. In addition to directing at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Anderson’s work has been seen across the nation, most recently in the acclaimed “Dial M for Murder” at Arkansas’ TheatreSquared. In regard to her work on the production, Anderson stated the following:

“Having grown up watching mysteries and thrillers with my mother, I am thrilled to be directing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at Pioneer Theatre Company. We get to go back in time and take a ride on the exotic Orient Express while a comedy/mystery unfolds and we seek to uncover the lies, deception and humanity of this incredible cast of characters. I am such a fan of these new adaptations and how they pay homage to the originals and also lean into a more modern lens. It’s a truly suspense-filled ride with exhilarating twists and turns.”

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express runs from September 22 through October 7 at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Tickets are available at or by calling PTC’s Box Office at 801-581-6961.

How to experience PTC as a member of the U community

  • 20% off all performances for University employees.
  • University students are eligible to purchase $5 rush tickets (2 tickets per student ID) one hour prior to performance. Advance tickets are available for Mon-Thurs performances at a 50% discount.
  • K-12 students are eligible for half off tickets for Monday-Thursday performances.
  • Students can learn more about these offers at

For more information about season subscriptions or University community discounts, contact Pioneer Theatre Company’s Box Office at, call 801-581-6961, or visit the outside will call window in person at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre on campus.